Two Pentax DSLRs... and one GoPro... on the water...

by Pino Pino June. 15, 2019 895 views

So I am, and have always been (since my first SLR in grade school), a Pentax shooter - a Pentaxian.

There are many reasons why I have stuck with Pentax... First and foremost, Pentax has ALWAYS focused on the photographer (IMHO).

Pentax has not chased the consumer market... they have not given in to the glitz and glam of the mass market of consumer sales that artificially inflated numbers for other major camera companies (and have, therefore, not had to struggle to explain to investors the sudden plummet of market share when those consumers flocked to camera phones - last I saw [though I've not verified this] Pentax is actually up 4% while the others are down 20%+).

While the weather proofing of Pentax is not a direct reason, it has always been a happy circumstance... as is the fact that I can still use all my 35 year old K-Mount glass right along with my spankin' new glass on my snappy new K-Mount K3 DSLR. These two things are not only of huge benefit but also just totally cool!

A camera is a rather simple device... photographers are rather simple folk...

We need a box that we can put some light sensitive material (film or sensor) in and a hole in said box which we can open and close in a controlled fashion.

Aperture (the hole), Shutter Speed (the controlled opening of said hole)... and ISO (be it film or sensor - effectively the light sensitive material - and we get to choose the light sensitivity of said material).

Literally, that's it... that IS a camera.

All the other whizbang and flibertygiberty is great and all - but not actually necessary.

Auto Focus: film cameras captured amazing action shots long before auto focus. I still use manual quite frequently.

Internal Light Meters: film cameras captured amazing dynamic images long before internal light meters... and really the light meter is an imperfect guide whose limited ability a photographer needs to learn how to compensate for.

In Camera Processing: dark rooms processed all those action and dynamic shots long before internal processing existed... the dark room was an amazing place.

Come to think of it, the fact that there is a popular package called "light"-room is kind of odd since EVERY ability in it is named after and replicates tasks done in a "dark" room. (Literally - all the 'magic' we do today on a computer was done to film images LONG before 'digital' existed.)
EVERY photo is post processed. Either your camera does it internally (if you shoot JPG) or you do it externally (if you shoot RAW). This is not even a debate. If you have a JPG picture it was post processed. Either your camera did it or you did it - but it was post processed.

Pentax has added one very nice package, IMHO, to these very few necessities in that the control of those things is very easily accessed and adjusted... without moving my eye away from the viewfinder... and without moving my hands - my fingers tend to rest exactly where the adjustments for those things are.

That package, that focus on the photographer and what we need convenient and reliable access to, is why I have been a lifelong Pentaxian.

Yes, Pentax has all the other whizbang just like everyone else - and I can admit that I like to futz with all that whizbang now and again on my Pentax gear... but through it all Pentax has maintained that most important singular focus on... well... Me... the Photographer!

Now, before anyone gets their knickers in a knot, I am not saying that you should not love your Nikon or Canon or Fuji or Sony or whatever you shoot.

Pentax works for me... Pentax makes my photography enjoyable.

What's most important is that you shoot... whatever you shoot...

BUT...

I always have and will always recommend Pentax because of that dedication to the photographer - to photography... to staying true to what they are and who they serve... photographers. Specifically, Pentaxians.

And that is why Pentaxians exist... in direct response to Pentax's dedication to us we have remained dedicated to Pentax. Pure and Simple.

Pentax has never sought the limelight (literally - great company but never an attention hog - they really have an amazing history if you look into it)... they have always stayed focused on helping the photographer capture the light.

Ahhh - see what I did there? That was accidentally on purpose - but soooooo true! ;)

Okay, so that was my Pentax spiel...

Now how I use them... And what brought me to this particular topic.

I added video to my arsenal - okay, not Pentax video... GoPro.

I LOVE to shoot nature and I LOVE to shoot nature from my kayak.

But how to do that somewhat safely - weather proofing aside...

Build a custom rig, of course!

There should be a Gimbal Mounted GoPro in the center there - but I'm holding it in my hand to capture these images...  ;)

There should be a Gimbal Mounted GoPro in the center there - but I'm holding it in my hand to capture these images... ;)

Left is a 'slide' mount for large lenses (as shown in previous photo), center is standard plate where I put the Gimbal/GoPro, and the right (where the camera is in this photo) is another standard plate. So I can have the GoPro and two cameras (one with large lens - typically 70-200 or larger).

Left is a 'slide' mount for large lenses (as shown in previous photo), center is standard plate where I put the Gimbal/GoPro, and the right (where the camera is in this photo) is another standard plate. So I can have the GoPro and two cameras (one with large lens - typically 70-200 or larger).

I can release any of the three in a split second but they remain tethered with the 'safely cords' you see connected to each in the images.

I can also have all three locked in while I paddle so no cameras flopping about while the kayak is in motion.

And this rig is how I capture images like this (below) without waders... ;)

Yes, Pentax is now by Ricoh.
So, full discolsore, I also love Ricoh production imaging equipment! I actually print my images and all the graphic design I do on a Ricoh 9100 Digital Press and a Ricoh L4160 Wide Format.
Second full disclosure, prior to my first 35mm SLR (a Pentax K1000) I shot various older non-SLR cameras - among them were a VERY old Medium format (120 - 6x6) that my Great Grandparents had and a little 110 camera... but my first 35mm SLR was that Pentax K1000 which I still shoot b/w on every so often.

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Andi Saw 1 year, 5 months ago

This looks dangerous! smile

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Pino Pino Replied to Andi Saw 1 year, 5 months ago

Nah - but very fun! grinning

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Andi Saw Replied to Pino Pino 1 year, 5 months ago

Ok... Correction... 
If I was on the kayak, this would be the most dangerous thing ever (Not very stable, even if I love kayak)

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Berckmans Peter 1 year, 5 months ago

Your my kind of photographer. Many of your reasons for staying with Pentax goes for me with Fuji. My two 40 y old fujicas look almost the same as my new Fuji xt 10 or the latest xt 30. My old ones are so simple to use and with a M 42 mount you have about 6000 lenses to choose from. And you are so right about lightmeters. Everybody should try the sunny 16 rule and they will be surprised. I also work sometimes with 120 film in cameras from the 1950s. Why they not make a new camera with just the basics in it. No filters and simulations. Just one back to basic. Love this post.

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Pino Pino Replied to Berckmans Peter 1 year, 5 months ago

Thank you!

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